Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018

This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay!

1. Phyllis Magee, founder & CEO, Luxe Laundromat, A Wash Houze Christmas, Dec. 22, 10 AM to 2 PM @ Poppy's Bubble Wash, 7851 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, 94605 https://www.facebook.com/Luxelaundromat

2. Brother Mxolisi T. Sowell: For more than 50 years, an advocate and activist for our broadest, deepest study of our Black/African/African American History, Heritage, Cultural and Spiritual Traditions --  (as our honorable ancestor Carter G. Woodson advised), and the utilization of the information, wisdom, awakening and empowerment embodied within them as foundation for the greatest good of our people; ultimately for the greatest good of all humanity. He is one of the founding members of the Wo’se Community of the Sacred African Way in Oakland, CA (Dec. 1980), an African-centered spiritual community which has operated an exceptionally successful independent school (Pre-K through 8th grade) since 1985 -- Ile Omode. Mxolisi is one who is “eager to share and be supportive of this kind of Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) by and with my people whenever and wherever that spirit arises."

3. Ms. Adrian Williams, director, founder and CEO, Village Connect, joins us to talk about Kwanzaa programming in San Francisco, Dec. 26, 2018-Jan. 1, 2019.

4. Amara Tabor-Smith describes her experimental dance theater work as Afro Futurist Conjure Art. Her dance making practice, utilizes Yoruba spiritual ritual to address issues of social and environmental justice, community, identity and belonging. A San Francisco native and Oakland resident, she is the artistic director of Deep Waters Dance Theater (DWDT)and was the co-artistic director of Headmistress, an ongoing performing collaboration with movement artist Sherwood Chen.  Her work has been performed in Brazil, The Republic of the Congo, Judson Church/Movement Research, NYC and many venues throughout the San Francisco/Bay Area and United States.  Amara has performed in the works of dance and theater artists such as Ed Mock, Joanna Haigood, Pearl Ubungen, Julie Tolentino, Ronald K. Brown, Faustin Linyekula, Ana Deveare Smith, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and she is the former associate artistic director and dancer with Urban Bush Women. Residencies and awards include The Headlands Center for the Arts artist in residence, CHIME Mentorship Exchange grant, CounterPULSE artist in residence,Sacatar Residency Fellowship in Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil; Green Choreographers exchange at Dance Exchange in Maryland, and she was an artist in residency at ODC Theater from 2013-2015.  She is a 2018 USA Artist Fellow, is a 2017 recipient of the Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center fellowship, and is  a 2016 recipient of the Creative Capital Grantwith Ellen Sebastian Chang. Other grants and awards include The Zellerbach Family Foundation, The Creative Work Fund, The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, Theatre Bay Area/CA$H, and The East Bay Community Foundation, MAP Fund, Richard Monroe Foundation, Sam Mazza Foundation and the Akonadi Foundation.  Amara received her MFA in dance through Hollins University and The Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts in Germany, is a continuing appointed lecturer of dance in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley and is anartist in residence at Stanford University.http://www.deepwatersdance.com

Kathleen Hermesdorf is an international dance artist, educator and producer based in San Francisco. She directs ALTERNATIVA, with musician Albert Mathias. Hermesdorf has been dancing in the Bay Area since 1991 and teaches, performs, improvises, creates and curates around the world. Her work has been presented in the Bay Area, New York, Seattle, Berlin, Amsterdam, Dakar and elsewhere, in commission for universities, companies and independent dancers, and in collaboration with art partners worldwide.  She was a member of Bebe Miller Company, Contraband/Sara Shelton Mann and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and co-director of Hermesdorf & Wells Dance Company with Scott Wells and Collusion with Stephanie Maher. She is the co-director of PORCH summer school at Ponderosa in Stolzenhagen, Germany and WILD (West Cork Contemporary Dance Festival) in Ballydehob, Ireland. Hermesdorf brings over 20 years of experience from the field, studio and stage to her work and holds a BFA and an MFA in Dance Performance and Pedagogy.

ALTERNATIVA, directed by dancer Kathleen Hermesdorf with musician Albert Mathias, is an apparatus for deeply integrated contemporary dance and music via collaboration, creation, improvisation, performance, production, curation and education. Active in San Francisco since 1998, the organization supports the creative work of the directors, known for radical dance classes, performance projects and musical endeavors delving into the corporeality and ineffability of human conditions, behaviors and other curiosities. Activities, including the annual FRESH Festival, ongoing classes and workshops in the Bay Area, residencies at universities, festivals and studios worldwide and PORCH/Ponderosa in Germany, engage an extensive population of artists, audiences and participants. ALTERNATIVA is fiscally sponsored by Dancers’ Group and has received support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, William + Flora Hewlett Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Dancers’ Group’s Matching Grant and CA$H Grant, CHIME/MJDC, the San Francisco Arts Commission,The Suitcase Fund and many generous individuals. www.la-alternativa.us

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Wanda's Picks Radio Show Special: Fresh Festival 2019


This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay! 

FRESH is an ARTLAB (a rising tide lifts all boats) production of ALTERNATIVA. FRESH 2019 is curated by Kathleen Hermesdorf and José Navarrete, along with substantial community input, and sponsored by Joe Goode Annex. https://freshfestival.org


Fresh Festival 2019, Jan. 4-27
:24 days of embodied art, action + interaction with 85+ risk-taking artists from the Bay Area + beyond, featuring:https://joegoode.org/event/fresh-fest-performances-2019/

Byb Chanel Bibene, born and raised in the Republic of Congo, is a choreographer and artistic director of Kiandanda Dance Theater. His own technical and aesthetic sensibility is rooted in the culture and traditional dances of his country.  https://www.facebook.com/kiandanda/

Daiane Lopes da Silva is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and artistic director of Kinetech Arts. Her work has been performed in Brazil, France, Belgium, Greece and the U.S. She has received support from Zellerbach Family Foundation, CA$H Grant, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and CounterPulse. She was a resident artist at SAFEhouse arts, CounterPulse and Headlands Center for the Arts. Daiane studied at The Municipal Ballet of São Paulo, Brazil and at P.A.R.T.S (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios), directed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in Brussels. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology, Alpha Beta Kappa, from SFSU. She is on faculty at Alonzo King Lines Ballet Dance Center and Western Ballet. http://kinetecharts.org



Music: Amikaela's Lovely Day

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Wanda's Picks Wed., Dec. 12, 2018

This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay! 


1. Candice Elder, East Oakland Collective, Free Brown & Chef Shelby (Experience FUEL Oak) discuss the Homeless Black Women: Multi-Service Day Dec 15th at the West Oakland Youth Center. Visit https://hopetaskforce.org/  

2. 
Mrs. Kehinde Salter, Lyric Performing Arts Academy (LPAA) joins us to talk about the third annual Jazzy Nutcracker at the East Oakland Youth Development Center on Saturday, December 15th, 2018, 4:30 p.m. (doors 4 p.m.)

Set to the music of Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite, this family-friendly event will provide children of all ages an afternoon of holiday fun. 

Mrs. Kehinde Salter is a vivacious and talented vocalist, dancer, percussionist, poet, writer and ordained minister with a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts with a minor in music. She has served as an educator for the past 17 years. An accomplished vocalist, Kehinde has recorded for and performed with the Umoja Jazz Ensemble, the African Roots of Jazz, Ma’at Jazz and Performance Ensemble, the Houston Ebony Opera Guild, and the Prairie View A&M University Concert Chorale.

Beginning her vocal studies at the age of 12, she trained with Norma Levister at UCBerkeley's Young Musician's Program until graduating from high school. Beginning as a dancer for the Imhotep Dance Ensemble, Kehinde performed for such legends as Katherine Dunham, and Winnie and Nelson Mandela. Specializing in Hip-Hop, West African, Stepping, and Liturgical Dance, Kehinde has studied various dance styles under Linda Johnson, Lynn DeFazio, Laura Ellis, Nina Haft, and Eric Kupers. An instructor full of energy, and enthusiasm, Kehinde has taught dance for Stanford University, California State University East Bay, Berkeley City College and numerous elementary, junior high and high schools throughout the greater Bay Area. Kehinde is a pastor praise and worship for Lyric Dance and Vocal Ensemble, founder of Stopping Our Silence, and the performing arts instructor at Fremont High School in Oakland, California.

3. Lynn Morrow, Ph.D. joins us to talk about the Oakland Youth Chorus @ Swing & Soul, Let Us Break Bread this weekend with the Oakland Symphony


Dr. Lynne Morrow became Director of the Oakland Symphony Chorus in 2005. During her tenure the scope of the Chorus has expanded to include contemporary, international, and neglected works, along with traditional choral repertoire. She conducts the Chorus’ workshop performances of major works; hosts summer choral outreach “Sing-ins;” and prepares the Chorus for work with Oakland Symphony as well as regional community and youth orchestras with which it collaborates, such as Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra, Young People’s Symphony Orchestra, and California Symphony.

Dr. Morrow received a GRAMMY nomination for her work with the Pacific Mozart Ensemble (now Pacific Edge Voices), with whom she has also recorded two CDs of Dave Brubeck’s choral music. Since 2001, she has directed the Voice and Opera/Music Theatre Programs at Sonoma State University. Dr. Morrow presents workshops on African American Spirituals, including a workshop on a cruise to Alaska from San Francisco. Dr. Morrow has just received The Heritage Keepers Award from The Friends of Negro Spirituals. She has also given lectures on music for major Bay Area organizations including Oakland Symphony. Dr. Morrow strives for a visceral connection to music, presenting works from every corner of the musical arts in fresh ways, to reach the widest possible audiences.

Show linkhttp://tobtr.com/s/11093631

Wanda's Picks Radio Show, Wed., Dec. 7, 2018


This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay! 

1. Regina Louise. Someone Has Led this Child to Believe (2nd bk. Lifetime film based on Somebody's Someone). www.iamreginalouise.com

2. Donte Clark with Dr. Khalid Akil White re: "Know Freedom" book event at Richmond Pulse, Bridge Art Space, 23 Maine Ave., Richmond, CA, 3-6 pm

3. Martin Luther, McCoy Actor, guitarist, singer/songwriter, producer joins us to talk about the Oakland Symphony's Swing and Soul – Let Us Break Bread Together, Sunday, Dec. 16, 4 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. https://www.oaklandsymphony.org/

4. Nathan M. Richardson, Poet / Author / Douglass Historian, joins us to talk about Frederick Douglass on his 200 birth year. https://www.scpublishing.com/events--workshops

Music: Martin Luther McCoy's Rize; Sara Smile

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Wanda's Picks Radio, Wed., Dec. 5, 2018

This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay! 

1. Kim Carter, Founder & Ambassador of Time for Change Foundation. She is an affordable housing developer, motivational speaker, author, coach. Ms. Carter joins us to talk about the opening of a residence for formerly incarcerated women and children in Hayward. 

2. Adrian Williams, Kwanzaa Village Project 2017 (archived rebroadcast)

3. Lindsay Krumbein, Founder and Executive Artistic Director, Gritty City Repertory Youth Theatre @The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland. Krumbein taught theatre and English at Bay Area high schools for a decade, and has produced and directed 21 shows with talented youth performers since 2002. www.grittycityrep.org  

Robert Paige, co-playwright, actor, Community Engagement and Technical Apprentice  

Zaria Stanton is a junior at Envision Academy in her second season with GCRep. In "Caught Up" she plays Angela Davis as well as performing in a number of large scenes with the whole ensemble.

4. Kathleen Dowdey, dir., John Lewis, Get in the Way (archived interview)

5. Scilla Andreen, Director, Producer, Executive Producer, "Like," the film indieflix.com and Daniel Wright, Fusion, Head Of School, the hosts of the community screening, Thursday, Dec. 6, 6 p.m.
https://www.thelikemovie.com/


Music
: Victoria Theodore: "Blue"; Meklit and Quinn: "Tunnels."